American Field

Walking Winners’ Classics

Mid-South Bird Hunters Club

By Dan Crunk | May 15, 2018
Hainline's Silver Star [With Jeff Hainline] Winner of the Amateur Shooting Dog Classic

Orchardville, Ill. — This year’s classic was held  March 24-25 at the Ellis Farm, Orchard-ville, Ill.

For years the trials that the Mid-South Bird Hunters have held have been basically blessed with nice weather.  Not so in 2018. On Saturday it rained all day with a very sharp brisk wind. On Sunday the clouds and rain did go away and conditions were much better.

We held Amateur stakes on Saturday and Open stakes on Sunday. A total of 43 dogs were drawn to run in this year’s classic. This year the Derby field was very big and featured some really talented young dogs.

The Mid-South Bird Hunters Club is blessed to have access to the Ellis Farm to hold our trials. Normally, we are able to run shooting dogs and Derbies on the south side of the road and puppies along with shooting dogs on the north side. This year the ditch running through the north side was just filled with too much water to allow those two stakes to be run there.

For 30-minute stake trials, these grounds are exceptional as the courses allow multiple objectives for the entire 30 minutes. Thanks to the Ellis family for allowing us to use their farm.

Brad Hargis and his wife Sherry were the managers of this trial and in spite of the rain, everything ran smoothly both days. Since we have no building to get in out of the rain and serve lunch, we had to make due with serving lunch in the Ellis barn. Sherry had wonderful barbeque ready for all hungry participants.

On Saturday, the rain really had a terrible effect on our liberated birds. After the birds became wet, they just could not fly. This condition made it very difficult on all entered dogs.

Sunday with no rain birds absolutely flew like wild birds, much to the relief of the handlers.

We cannot say enough about the hard work the judges did both days. Especially on Saturday when the conditions were so miserable. The judges never let down their observance of all dogs. Bill Richards and Brad Hargis judged the Amateur Shooting Dog; Bill and Butch Spelbring judged the Derbies. Dan Crunk judged the Amateur Puppy and shooting dogs. Don Wiggins judged the Amateur Puppy and Brad Hargis also judged Amateur Shooting Dog. On Sunday, Jim Ashby and Rick Stanford judged the Open Shooting Dog and Open Derby. Puppies were judged by Dan Crunk and Butch Spelbring. All judges are to be thanked for their time and fine work.


The Amateur Shooting Dog was won by Hainline’s Silver Star, owned and handled by Jeff Hainline. Star will not be four until August. In the last month or so Star and Jeff have been on a big roll. Star had multiple finds for her 30 minutes and ran a forward attractive race. Her composure and style on point are wonderful to behold. Star had her birds well located on each find. Judgment was withheld for a second place dog in this stake.

The Amateur Derby was won by Beaucoup Creek Buck, setter male for Don Heisner. Buck is a very exciting young dog that will go into the shooting dog ranks next year and will be a force for years to come. Buck had six finds for his 30 minutes, three of the finds broke finds. He is a stylist running and pointing. Second was Wiggins Elhew Snake, owned and handled by Don Wiggins who normally is a horseback field trialer but came this weekend and ran two nice Derbies. Snake is by Wiggins Elhew River and Loose C. Snake had a very nice forward race and was in touch with his handler the entire 30 minutes. Snake had several finds with at least two broke finds.

The Puppy Stake was won by Rebel, pointer male for Brad Hargis. Second place went to Brian Stockrahm with his pointer male Plum Branch E Z Rider. After a puppy start with both puppies wanting to play with each other, they finally decided to look for birds with each going to the front and making nice casts.

Frank Christie won the Amateur Shooting Dog with his pointer male Juice which ran a very big race with five finds. Frank has a very nice Derby out of this male that we will hear from in the next couple of years.

Orchardville, Ill., March 24 — One Course

Judges: Brad Hargis and Bill Richards

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 6 Pointers and 3 Setters

Winner—HAINLINE’S SILVER STAR, 1655907, pointer female, by Silver’s Knight Rider—Fancy Fiddler Girl. Jeff Hainline, owner and handler.

Judges: Bill Richards and Butch Spelbring

AMATEUR DERBY — 7 Pointers and 3 Setters

Winner—BEAUCOUP CREEK BUCK, 1666952, setter male, by Shadow Oak Bo—Beaucoup Creek Ellie. Donald Heisner, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—WIGGINS ELHEW SNAKE, 1669739, pointer male, by Wiggins Elhew River—Loose C. Don Wiggins, owner and handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Don Wiggins

AMATEUR PUPPY — 3 Pointers and 1 Setter

Winner—REBEL, unreg., pointer male, breeding not given. Sherry Hargis, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—PLUM BRANCH E Z RIDER, 1678575, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Sandhill Southern Rain. Brian Stockrahm, owner and handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Brad Hargis

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers and 1 Setter

Winner—CHRISTIE’S ILLINI JUICE, 1646754, pointer male, by Sir Fred—Kaitlin’s Choice. Frank Christie, owner and handler.


On Sunday, the Open Shooting Dog was won by Jeremiah Seiber’s pointer male Bullfrog’s Iron Head which is by Wiggins Mister Ronnie and Wiggins Swami Jo. Iron Head is just two years of age and appears to this scribe to have a very bright future. He had six finds and every find was perfect. Iron Head had the birds well located and was a statue for each flush. He is also very stylish with his race.

A close second was Danny Draffen’s El Camelot, pointer male. His callname is Cam and he had a big race with four finds. On point there are not many dogs prettier than Cam. His fourth find required two relocations and these relocations were such that Cam pinned the running bird on the second relocation. Cam is by El Lancelot and Zupanci’s Raggin Zip.

The Open Derby was won by Brad Hargis’ pointer female Harg’s Shotgun Rider, callname Red, out of Sean Derrig’s Erin’s Redrum. Red had six finds for her half hour with a very nice applied race. She was always to the front and looking in the right places for the birds. Runner-up went to setter male Mr. Breeze, callname Bugs, by Brad’s shooting dog Roundabout and Ava. Bugs had four really nice finds. The second find was a dug up find that was a broke find. The bird was reluctant to fly and walked off in front of the dog.

The Open Puppy was won by an extremely nice pointer male for Jeremiah Seiber. His callname is Patch and did he make some exciting casts. He had several bird contacts showing how good he is going to look on point in the future. Patch is out of Miller breeding. Second in the Open Puppy was Fancy, pointer female for Sherry Hargis. After the first couple of minutes in the brace, both dogs became independent of each other and started looking for birds.

The Mid-South Bird Hunters Club would like to thank all participants who ran on Saturday in pretty miserable conditions. Sunday was much better and the handlers and dogs all appreciated the fair weather.

Judges: Jim Ashby and Rick Stanford

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 5 Pointers and 1 Setter

Winner—BULLFROG’S IRON HEAD, 1667896, pointer male, by Wiggins Mister Ronnie—Wiggins Swami Jo. Jeremiah Seiber, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—EL CAMELOT, 1643383, pointer male, by El Lancelot—Zupanci’s Ragin Zip. Dan Draffen & Danny Martin, owners; Dan Draffen, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers and 1 Setter

Winner—HARG’S SHOTGUN RIDER, 1667366, pointer female, by Erin’s Redrum—Erin’s Amy. Brad Hargis, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—MR. BREEZE, 1671731, setter male, by Roundabout—Ava. Brad Hire, owner and handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Butch Spelbring

OPEN PUPPY — 3 Pointers and 1 Setter

Winner—BULLFROG’S HAPPY PATCH, 1678588, pointer female, by Miller’s Dialing In—Happy Jack’s Kate. Jeremiah Seiber, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—FANCY, unreg., pointer female, breeding not given. Sherry Hargis, owner and handler.

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